The Mission of the School
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development's mission is the recruitment and development of ethically informed leaders for classroom teaching, education administration, counseling, and higher education. This NCATE accredited unit fosters the candidate dispositions of collaboration, valuing diversity, critical thinking, ethical judgments, reflection, and life-long learning. Our mission is realized through a framework of teaching, scholarship, and services that addresses regional, state, national, and international perspectives.
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development prepares highly competent educators and human development specialists, while providing professional support and leadership to the community, promoting applied research, and providing experiences and opportunities that will enable employed professionals to remain current in their fields.
Students attend classes, study, and work in a state-of-the-art Education Building, which is a five-story facility that includes clinical areas and computer and micro-teaching laboratories.
Students also take classes and experience fieldwork in professional settings such as school districts and Fresno Family Counseling Center.
The Kremen School fosters the realization of human potential by preparing those who work in the field of education and human development to function more effectively and productively in a mutable and increasingly diverse society.
The Kremen School theme, "Leadership for Diverse Communities," places considerable emphasis on an educator who can function effectively as a leader in a culturally and linguistically diverse society.
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development is a center for academic excellence and collaboration in the fields of education and counseling. Graduates will be community leaders who advocate high standards and democratic values with attention to professional ethics and diversity. Integration of educational technology and performance assessment is essential to all programs.
The specific goals of the Kremen School are as follows:
- to recruit qualified candidates who are representative of the diversity in our community into the fields of education and counseling, beginning with students in the public schools;
- to be at the cutting edge of the application of best practice models and educational technology;
- to prepare education professionals who have a command of content knowledge and pedagogy and who continuously strive to improve their practice;
- to support the lifelong development of practicing professionals with services and programs, including the doctorate;
- to prepare professionals who are committed to leadership and service in diverse community settings;
- to integrate performance assessment as a key evaluation technique in each of our programs;
- to sustain a university work environment that is exemplary in its humanity, ethics, effectiveness, and intellectual vitality;
- to secure, through advancement efforts, the supplemental funding needed to provide the margin of excellence for programs and special initiatives; and
- to be the higher education partner of choice for the public schools and other relevant institutions of the five counties we serve in the Central Valley.